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TITLE
Student Residence at Sabhal Mor Ostaig
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_2_011
PLACENAME
Ostaig
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Sleat
PERIOD
1990s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9299
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
Lochalsh
Sabhal Mor Ostaig
Gaelic
Aràinn Ostaig
linesmen
Student Residence at Sabhal Mor Ostaig

In the early 1990s a new building was constructed at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat on the Isle of Skye to accommodate the growing number of students attending the full time and summer courses. As well as the much needed accommodation, the building, officially opened in October 1993 had new lecture rooms, and studio facilities for the new broadcasting and media studies programmes. The local hydro team were on site to provide the infrastructure necessary for the additional supply of electricity. With the nearly completed building behind, this photograph shows Duncan MacRae and Sandy Murray aloft with two transformers on the H pole, and looking on from below, Allan Howie and Neil MacLeod.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000.


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Student Residence at Sabhal Mor Ostaig

INVERNESS: Sleat

1990s

hydro-electric; Lochalsh; Sabhal Mor Ostaig; Gaelic; Aràinn Ostaig; linesmen

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

In the early 1990s a new building was constructed at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat on the Isle of Skye to accommodate the growing number of students attending the full time and summer courses. As well as the much needed accommodation, the building, officially opened in October 1993 had new lecture rooms, and studio facilities for the new broadcasting and media studies programmes. The local hydro team were on site to provide the infrastructure necessary for the additional supply of electricity. With the nearly completed building behind, this photograph shows Duncan MacRae and Sandy Murray aloft with two transformers on the H pole, and looking on from below, Allan Howie and Neil MacLeod.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'. <br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity. <br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />